- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

MONROE, La. (AP) - A Monroe woman has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, admitting that she filed a $116,000 insurance claim for $1,000 in assets.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says 54-year-old Lasandra Edwards filed for bankruptcy in October 2013, saying her furniture and clothing were worth $1,000. That November, she bought a renters’ policy claiming $100,000 in assets. Edwards‘ house caught fire and burned on Dec. 1, 2013.

At a hearing Dec. 10, 2013, she reaffirmed her assets were worth $1,000. The next day, she filed an insurance claim for $116,063.

Edwards faces up to 20 years in prison, restitution and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled June 1.

A news release Tuesday says Edwards entered the plea before a magistrate judge, and it will become final when accepted by a district judge.

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